Have you ever been in a place where things are just going so fast, in so many directions that you just want to bury yourself under the covers of your bed and wait for the ride to be over?
I’m doing that right now. LOL. Some is self-induced and some is outside of me. Things that I have no control over and things that I do. Unfortunately, when I start getting too busy my writing suffers. It’s interesting to me that the major thing that feeds my soul, that sustains me day to day and that I love is the first thing that “dries up” when life gets too crazy.
It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, it’s mainly that satan is trying to get a foothold. He’s been doing that a lot lately and I feel like my eyes have been opened to it for a reason, but we will come back to that at a later date.
Right now I want to encourage my readers to check out a blog http://www.karendawkins.blogspot.com/ Karen is an amazing woman of God who inspires and challenges me. I believe that God places people in our lives to help us travel down the segment of the narrow road where we are at that specific time in our life. Karen is traveling this with me and is giving me much to think about, chew over, and process. Her blog pours fresh words into my soul, fresh insight into my mind and helps me fall deeper and deeper in love with my Jesus every day. I’m not putting Karen on a pedastal and she certainly doesn’t expect it, but I do know that writing and blogging and pouring our souls out on paper (or pixels) can be challenging and even lonely, and so for now, while I’m wading through the muck and mire stop by Karen’s, grab a cup of coffee, and read a bit. It’s time well spent.
Satan is trying to diffuse the biggest weapon God has placed in our arsenal. Love. Follow the link and read the following passage 1 Corinthians 13 but come back!!!! Below are the first 3 verses. Most of us skip those. I know I did until God opened my eyes recently.
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
Many of us, who have studied and read these verses, begin at verse 4 with “Love is patient” stop at “Love never fails” and that is so true but God is giving us something so important in the beginning and the end of this passage.
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Speaking in the tongues of men and of angels. Men (the world) can speak pretty words. They can entice, encourage, compliment, and give assurance. The tongue of angels, in my opinion, are “pretty words” music, poetry, praise and exhortation. Don’t we hear those things over and over again throughout the day? In the media, the songs on the radio or on our Ipod, the books that we read or download to our Kindle, the movies that we watch or rent from Red box. Over and over again our brains are saturated with beautiful words that sound like love, but do they contain love? And bring it closer, how much of what we speak on a daily basis contains love? The way you speak to your spouse or your child? What you mumble under your breath in traffic or waiting in line at the grocery store? Are you a clanging cymbal or do your words flow like a soothing breeze over the hearts of those around you?
2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Wisdom, prophecy, understanding what is to come, discernment, and faith. All things that we can correlate with God and so many “see” as Christianity, but we can easily be misled. There have been many prophets, preachers, teachers and proclaimers of Christ who were “wise”, who had “faith”, but the only love they felt was for themselves. I am not sitting in judgment of anyone, that is not my place, but we must ask the question of our spiritual leaders and of ourselves, is our wisdom and prophecy and faith focused on furthering our own agenda or is it supported by a love for Our Heavenly Father?
3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
Surrendering my body to the flames? Sacrificing for someone or for a belief. Well, that should be proof of what a “good Christian” I am. No, it’s not.
You can give all you have, but why are you doing it? We have to check our hearts and be honest with ourselves because God already knows your heart. Are you “giving all you have” so that others will be impressed? Are you sacrificing and surrendering so that you can look like a “super Christian?” to those around you? Are you doing all that you are doing because you believe that you can be “good enough” that you can “give enough” or that your works will “be enough”. It’s not good enough, you will never “give enough” and you will never be able to “do enough”.
I truly believe that the only way we can love, truly love the way 1 Corinthians instructs us, is to have God living in us and therefore through us. We cannot do it on our own. We don’t have the strength, the power, the capacity to love, truly love. But God does. Watch this. This is from scripture, not embellished, not interpreted, just truth from His word. He’s talking to us. The love that we are all searching for, it’s here my friend.
That is love. We will talk about the rest of this passage tomorrow.
This post below is my entry to win a Kindle based upon Mary DeMuth’s newest book, “Thin Places.” To enter you have to write a 259 word essay (the cost of a Kindle) on a thin place in your life. You can enter too if you’re interested.
What is a Thin Place? “those times where the division between this world and the eternal fades; they are snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity.”
I experienced a thin place this week. I had been disobedient to God, not intentionally at first, but over time, 6 months time, it became true disobedience and I suffered the repercussions. The fallout from my disobedience was escalating all around me. I refused to do the one thing that would fix it, and that was to tell someone that they had said something that had hurt me. Our words are the most powerful weapon that we have in our arsenal. Satan had used someone words to wound me and God was aware and had given me the weapons to fight what Satan was doing, but I would not follow God’s instruction. I was going to do it my way, the way the world said, and just “get over it” but the wound would not heal. It festered and spread, and poisoned, first the relationship with my friend, and then those around us.
This week the band-aid was ripped off, the wound exposed, and the poison removed. My precious friend had no idea that Satan had gotten a foothold that grew into a stronghold. By my being honest God destroyed the stronghold. Looking into my friend’s eyes and hearing her laughter and feeling her hand in mine God healed the wound and even rewarded my obedience (finally) by replacing all that hurt and pain with joy, and love, and gratefulness, and forgiveness of my disobedience.
When we walk as God instructs us, we are allowed the thin places, glimpses of glory, to cling to when the world gets hard.